Bowling is one of the fastest growing Special Olympics Minnesota sports. Although there are some modifications made for athletes with physical disabilities, most athletes compete under the same rules and circumstances as athletes on a professional tour.
In addition to offering traditional singles, athletes can participate in Unified Sports doubles. Unified Sports is a program that assigns Special Olympics Minnesota athletes and Unified partners without intellectual disabilities to the same teams for training and competition. In Unified Sports bowling competition, a doubles team consists of one athlete and one Unified partner. The State Bowling Tournament in the fall provides competition for traditional singles bowling and Unified Sports bowling events.
Athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level and age. Athletes are not separated by gender as there is no competitive advantage for either gender in the sport of bowling.